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5 Types of Supportive Communication

In a previous post, we learned a general introduction to encouragement and that there are typically two types: goal-directed and person-directed. You'll see several ways to apply this knowledge in several different posts.

Here I want to focus on types of support because support is a primary way we can offer encouragement. You'll easily see how they neatly fall into the two domains of encouragement.

Researchers tell us that there are five primary types of supportive communication. They are:

* Emotional - caring, concern, empathy (Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests/concerns of others. Philippians 2:4 NKJV)

* Esteem - help someone feel valued, admired, capable (Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor...Romans 12:10 AMP)

* Informational - giving advice, facts, help with problem-solving (Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 ESV)

* Tangible - offering physical assistance, goods, or services (But don't forget to help others and to share your possessions with them. This, too, is like offering a sacrifice that pleases God. Hebrews 13:16 CEV)

* Network - directing someone to sources for help (If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:10 CEV)

Give some thought this week to how you can implement the five types of support in your relationships.